The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (known colloquially as the Academy) announced today that they would begin archiving the Alamo Drafthouse’s collection of film posters. Mondo Studios, Drafthouse’s collectible art boutique, has become famous for its beautiful reimaginings of film posters from contemporary artists, including Olly Moss, Shepard Fairey, and Chris Ware. One of the first posters to be archived is a take on the classic 1931 Frankenstein, from Drew Struzan. Struzan is the artist behind the posters for the Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and Back To The Future films.
“We are extremely grateful to the Academy for its interest in archiving Mondo’s poster collection.” Said Justin Ishmael, Monso’s creative director. “We’re fans of movie art first and foremost, and to have our artists’ work archived alongside some of the classics of movie poster art is an incredible honor.” The posters will be archived in the Margaret Herrick library, along with the existing collection of over 38,000 film posters.
The Alamo Drafthouse has helped to revive the dying art of the beautiful movie poster, so it’s wonderful that the Academy is acknowledging them for their efforts. There’s only so many floating-head, orange-blue monstrosities you can look at before you start wishing to go color blind.
To get a look at even more Mondo posters, check out their archive at http://www.mondoarchive.com/.